Buenos Aires gets an informal inspection from F1

Buenos Aires just got an informal visit from FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting who inspected the Aires circuit to check for its suitability to host an F1 event.

Aires circuit was last used for F1 in 1998 and it is understood that Whiting walked the circuit and was happy with the condition of the facility.

Whiting also pointed out the areas that will need improving and upgrading to meet the strict F1 standards to host a race.

Members of Automovil Club Argentino (ACA), the Argentinean Drivers’ Association (Asociacion Argentina de Volantes) and the representatives of the city government also joined him on the tour.

Bernie Ecclestone had earlier indicated that Argentina might get back in the F1 circuit by 2015 but that plan did not come to be realized.

Liberty Media is looking to expand the Grands Prix to more than 21 races by 2019 according to F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches. This has attracted the attention of many countries to the sport.

There have been talks on increasing the number of races in North America. Portugal and Turkey have also shown interest in getting the race back to their tracks.

If Argentina comes back on the circuit, it will be the third nation in Latin America to host the race after Brazil and Mexico.

Between 1953 and 1998, Buenos Aires hosted 20 F1 races.

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